Maruti Celerio diesel with 0.8L engine launching today – IAB Report

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Suzuki’s first diesel engine sets a benchmark in the fuel efficiency department.

Maruti-Suzuki will launch the Celerio diesel in New Delhi today, marking a new chapter in their diesel-engined passenger cars. The Celerio is the first product to feature the company’s all-new 793 cc two-cylinder diesel engine, which has been under development for the past four years.

Suzuki Celerio front quarter at 2015 Geneva Motor Show
The Celerio was launched at the 2014 Auto Expo with a 1.0-liter K-Series petrol engine. It debuted the AMT technology in India.

The 0.8-liter DDiS diesel engine develops 47 bhp and 125 Nm of torque, and is paired to a 5-speed manual transmission. It returns an ARAI-tested fuel efficiency of 27.62 km/l, making the Celerio India’s most fuel efficient diesel passenger vehicle.

The downsized diesel engine, which will be pitted against Hyundai’s 1.1-liter U2 CRDi and the Chevrolet 1.0-liter XSDE, boasts of being the lightest in its class with a weight of only 89 kg. However, at 0.16 Nm/cc of displacement it has a higher torque/cc ratio than even the Maruti Swift diesel, pegged at 0.15 Nm/cc.

Suzuki Celerio full dashboard - Bangkok Live
Save for the badges and tachometer, there will be no other changes on the Celerio diesel, inside or out. Image of the Thai Celerio used for illustrative purpose only.

The Celerio diesel will launch in four variants – LDi, VDi, ZDi and ZDi (O) – similar to the Celerio petrol manual. The top-end variant benefits from dual front airbags, ABS, foglights, alloy wheels, a rear wiper and washer, Bluetooth-enabled music system with steering-mounted controls, electrically-adjustable wing mirrors and driver-seat height adjustment.

Also read: India-spec Maruti S-Cross to be showcased on June 7

Post the launch of the Celerio diesel, Maruti plans on using this diesel engine on their forthcoming LCV codenamed Y9T.

Rivals: Ford Figo, Hyundai Grand i10, Chevrolet Beat Diesel, Tata Kite
Expected Price: INR 4.7-5.9 Lakhs
Tentative Launch Date: Today

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